Anyhow, this statue of him above is in the 3rd "room", and he is posing with his dog Fala, who is really cute. Also, her (his?) ears are golden where everyone has rubbed them. Awww . . . The actual statue of FDR, however, was literally ghastly. He was a bilious drippy green color, especially on his face--he really doesn't appear to be weathering well!
We continued wandering through the different rooms. The symbolism probably would have been a bit more clearer had we been going in chronological order by starting on the other side. Also, it would have been clearer had it been summer, because water is supposedly a great symbol throughout the memorial, with different waterfalls representing different things. The first one (chronologically) was a smooth drop, representing the stock market crash leading to the Great Depression, then there was a waterfall with steps, representing the Tennessee Valley Authority's damn-building projects. There there was a really choppy chaotic waterfall representing WWII, and lastly a still reflecting pool representing his death. Unfortunately, the water was all turned off and drained, so we got none of that symbolism either.
Anyhow, a boatload of money was spent to make this monument, I am sure, since it is so sprawling. From the reviews online, everyone loves it because it is shady (not a plus during winter, but I can appreciate that for summer!) and also not crowded because not that many people know about it (again, not an issue during winter!), and finally it has lots of places for good pictures with all the water features. There you have it.
Then we moved on to the Korean War Memorial. I hadn't seen that one before in person either. It is moving to see the statues of the soldiers, looking like they are on patrol, and the wall with all the pictures sandblasted onto it. If the kids hadn't been getting grumpy, I would have liked to spend more time here.
By the time everyone finished up, Micah and Faith were getting quite crabby, Anna was really cold, and Drew was unhappy too. We quickly saw the Vietnam Wall and the World War II Memorial (which is another one of my favorites, but lacks something with all the water off and rained!), and we walked past the Washington Monument on the way back to the van. Whew! Good thing spaghetti sauce was in the crockpot waiting for us when we got home!
Amy and her family went back in to DC Thursday and Friday. They toured the Capital and the White House, as well as the National Archives, Ford's Theater, and the Museum of Natural History and possibly more than I'm not remembering, LOL. Now Bob, Nathan, Luke, and the McC's toured the White House several years ago (but alas, I can't find my blog post about it). It was a lengthy tour, and Nathan came back with a ton of random interesting information he had learned from the knowledgeable tour guide. For Amy's tour, however, there was no actual guide. They just wandered through 5 or 6 rooms, where there was a person seated in each room to answer any questions you might have. Of course, how do you know what questions to even ask?? So it was only about 35 minutes long. It's too bad, because, as Christine says, once you lose those things, they will never come back.